Skydiving accident victim's U.S. medical bills mount
Friends and family of a Nova Scotia woman seriously injured in a skydiving accident in the U.S. earlier this month are trying to raise funds to pay for her “astronomical” medical bills.
Kenzie Markey, 32, lives in Pemberton, B.C., but is originally from Greenwood, N.S. She has skydived more than a hundred times in the past three years. During a recent trip with friends to Arizona, she made 20 jumps in less than a week.
But during her latest skydive in Arizona on April 6, something went terribly wrong. At some point during the jump, Kenzie Markey’s chute collapsed, sending her plummeting to the ground.
Kenzie Markey suffered severe injuries in the fall, including a collapsed lung, a broken femur, pelvis and eye socket, as well as brain swelling. She has undergone several surgeries so far and medical bills are mounting. According to a web post by her friend Kelley Richardson, Kenzie's medical bills total about $500,000 right now and continue to grow.
The family’s priority right now is getting Kenzie back to Canada.
“It’s just trying to arrange air transport, there’s talk of having to guarantee an enormous amount of money up front which is a little difficult at the moment. That figure keeps bouncing around. It started off at $25,000 to $30,000, now it’s being quoted as high as $45,000,” he said.
Markey said after being on disability for the past two years, that’s not a sum he can afford to pay.
He said the family thought Kenzie Markey was insured and a claim was opened following her accident, but he said the claim was dismissed as invalid since she suffered her injuries while performing extreme sports.
Kenzie Markey's friends have set up an online fundraising page to help pay her huge medical bills. To date, more than $7,400 of the $50,000 goal has been raised.
Donations can also be made at Credit Unions in the Annapolis Valley